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Lunar New Year Festivities

Friday, February 08, 2013

The Lunar New Year starts this Sunday, February 10, and lasts for 15 days. Each year my family’s martial arts school, Jing Ying Institute of Kung Fu & Tai Chi (located in Arnold, MD), celebrates the Lunar New Year (aka Chinese New Year) by hosting a variety of free and low-cost workshops. They are open to the general public and do not require any previous experience.

Event registration is online www.JingYing.org or call 410-431-5200.

• Tuesday, 2/12 (7-8pm): Feng Shui: 101A – Presented by Susan von Suhrke of Timely Transitions.(Free)

• Friday, 2/15 (11:30am-12:30pm): Traditions of the Chinese New Year Class for Children – Children and their parents learn more about Chinese culture with information about Lunar New Year Traditions. There will be traditional treats offered. Presented by Wendy Ng. (Free)

• Friday, 2/15 (5:30pm-7:00pm) : Chinese Calligraphy Class. Learn basic brush strokes and characters from Chinese Calligraphy. Jing Ying supplies paper, ink and brushes for use during class. Taught by Wendy Ng. ($5/person)

• Friday, 2/15 (7:15-9:00pm): Beginner’s Tai Chi Class (Tai Chi/Qigong for Health & Wellness). Discover how this ancient and low-impact form of exercise promotes joint health, improves flexibility and strength, and increases bone density. Designed for all fitness levels. The class starts with a talk and Q&A and then basic tai chi and qigong movements are taught. (Free)

• Monday, 2/18 (7-8:30pm): Women’s Self-Defense Workshop. Geared for teens and adults (great activity for moms & daughters). Taught by Nancy & Billy Greer. (Free)

• Tuesday 2/19 (7-8pm): ShaoLin Fitness for Women. A low-impact class that uses elements of kung fu and tai chi in a fitness class designed for women. Taught by Nancy Greer. (Free)

• Wednesday, 2/20 (4-5pm): Introductory Kid’s Kung Fu and Chinese Lion Dance Class. Suitable for children from ages 5 to 10, this workshop will include an introductory lesson in Kung Fu, provide information on Chinese New Year, and teach some of the basics of Chinese Lion Dance. A child-size lion head is available for the kids to use along with drums, cymbals and a gong. (Free)

• Thursday, 2/21 (6:30-8:00pm): Tea Tasting– You will have the opportunity to taste several premium, whole-leaf Chinese teas. Examine the leaf styles, learn about steeping times, get information about the health benefits of various teas, and get the opportunity to get answers to
your questions about tea. Presented by certified tea specialist, Lynayn Mielke of East-West Tea Emporium. ($10/person)

• Saturday 2/23 (1:00-2:30pm): Open House that features live music, the Chinese Lion Dance, demonstrations, delicious food, and crafts & games for children. There will be door prizes & giveaway. There will be a free introductory kung fu class from 1:30-2:30pm. Bring your friends and family to enjoy the fun. (Free)

Event registration is online www.JingYing.org or call 410-431-5200.

(Now all I have to do is make sure I get enough sleep & exercise during this time).
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DRB13_1 2/8/2013 11:49PM

    wonderful event - we had a potluck to celebrate early (people bring vegetarian dishes)
Have a Great time!!!

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